It won’t come as a surprise that I like to write on legal topics. And between 1,500 page rulebooks, 500 word posts and 140 character tweets, I also usually crank out a number of papers on various legal topics during the year.
The State Bar and my colleagues were kind enough to give me a pass on speaking and writing last spring when I was on the ballot for State Bar president-elect, but this spring I am back on the speaker lineup at a number of seminars in the coming months – often with new and interesting subjects.
I can’t promise subscribers can get self study for reading my papers as I start posting them here in the coming weeks (you can if you watch the presentations through the TexasBarCLE website, incidentally), but I can promise that they’ll help with that nagging insomnia problem you’ve been having.
They are as follows, with copresenters or panelists noted. As always, all are subject to the trial calendar not blowing up:
February 1 – IPO Chat Channel
Waiting for Heartland: Venue Tactics Until the U.S. Supreme Court Decision
Wednesday, 1 February, 2:00pm-3:00pm ET
Speakers – Jeffrey Bragalone, Bragalone Conroy PC; Colette Reiner Mayer, Morrison & Foerster LLP; Michael Smith, Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith LLP
Hmm. Not much interest in this one, I don’t imagine.
February 3 – Smith County Bar Association Federal Court Practice seminar (two topics)
Federal & Local Civil Procedure Update
Moderator: Ron Schoenbrun – Panelists: Michael Smith, Judge Rodney Gilstrap, Wes Hill, Judge Trey Schroeder, Law Clerks
Conflicts, Disqualification, Lateral Hires, & Other Ethics Issues
Moderator: Michael Smith – Panelist: Wes Hill, Ron Schoenbrun, Judge Nicole Mitchell, Mike Jones
Great set of panels for the Tyler-area bar. I’ll be speaking as part of one, and moderating another.
May 25 – TexasBarCLE Federal Court Practice 2017
I’ve done this paper three years, including co-presenting with Magistrate Judge Nicole Mitchell of Tyler and Magistrate Judge Roy Payne of Marshall who was co-author of the original paper back in 2013. I think I’m going solo this year, but I’m not absolutely sure about that yet. It’s in Austin this year, which broadens the potential pool of co-presenters.
July 19-21; August 16-18; October 25-27 – TexasBarCLE 40th Annual Advanced Civil Trial Law Course
Venue and Jurisdiction: Where Does the Case Belong?
Michael C. Smith; David Lopez, Pulman, Capuccio, Pullen, Benson & Jones, LLP
Now this sounds like fun. Where can you file, where should you file, and what might happen after you file? Might use the Defendant Trade Secrets Act and the Texas Trade Secrets Act to show how the filing decision can be way more complicated that you learned in law school.
July 20-21 – TexasBarCLE Advanced Patent Litigation
Post-trial Motions in Patent Cases
Oh yeah – JMOLs. My favorite, favorite motion in patent cases at one of my favorite locations. The slides are going to be epic. People may even stay awake. (Yes, I see the dates overlap with the San Antonio ACP session, but I will make it work. The view shown in the photo is a poor substitute for the original).